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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby SierraLea » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:50 pm

I've added Gurren Laggan to the list of Anime I've seen, and I have to say I was furious at them for what happened to Kamina. He was almost a typical macho over the top character until you saw all the layers in him. I really loved seeing Simon grow, and how the two mantras of the series are how fighting spirit (aka never giving up) and love are the forces that change the world. Didn't expect a mecha series to have meaningful stuff, but it did. I didn't like any of the female characters, though.
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:07 pm

Rage Of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep.'s 14-17:

LOL, so that hairball thing is actually real??? :grin: And ah, so that's where SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Lucifer has been... And yikes-- while SPOILER: Highlight text to read: El indeed doesn't trust SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Gabriel one bit, it looks like he just went off the deep end in a whole other direction... :pikka: (Though not in too bad of a way, so long as he listens to those around him...) LOL though, that was waaaaay too easy for SPOILER: Highlight text to read: El to get out. :eyebrow: :forehead: :P ...And then, of course, there's the elephant in the room: Uggghhhhh, so they actually *are* going down the route I'd really hoped they wouldn't :shady: :shake: :bang: -- that is, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Nina x Charioce. :forehead: I mean, for one thing, the 'relationship' is exceedingly unhealthy (not necessarily in terms of how he treats her {well, as "Chris," anyway-- that is, if he really isn't lying or planning to use her in the end, which still remains to be seen}, but in his personality/'convictions'/etc. and how he treats literally everyone else). And for another, I absolutely cannot understand Charioce's characterization at all-- there's seriously *no* way to reconcile SPOILER: Highlight text to read: the crap he does as "king" with his "Chris" persona now that it's basically been confirmed that it's *not* a split personality (...and I am *NOT* buying that 'explanation' of his-- I cannot imagine *any* scenario {not even an apocalyptic one!} where anything he's done as "king" could ever be sufficiently excusable, no less the super-confusingly schizo way he's going about it. There's just no possible way that a person without a split personality can do the horrific things that he's done to countless living beings and then act like he did in this episode unless he's a complete psychopath... and, y'know, that's pretty clearly not a good choice in romance, despite what the show seems to be trying to push {unless the other person in the relationship is psycho as well, of course :P , but Nina isn't}... so if he ends up being written that way, then the writing will have failed on multiple levels :comp: ). Plus, the whole SPOILER: Highlight text to read: "Whoa, I can suddenly and inexplicably control my dragon powers now, must've been because we kissed?" bit wasn't good writing, either. :eyebrow: :bootout: (Also, if the show doesn't address the fact that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Favaro was supposed to be following Nina in the next ep., all I can do is just LOL and then facepalm. :forehead: :P )

TL;DR: Having absolutely loved S1 and the two connecting OVA's, and with this season having an even higher budget than S1 as well as a nice, breathable two-cour runtime, I'd had high hopes for this, and had indeed been pretty much loving it until now; however, it seems that the writing is now faltering in the latter of its two cours, which makes me sad. :( I still don't have it in me to dislike this season, but I really hope it gets back on track... :?:
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:57 pm

Rage Of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep.'s 18-20:

Ep. 18: Okay, so they did finally get back around to Favaro keeping an eye on Nina. :P (Oh man, though... he really did SPOILER: Highlight text to read: love Amira-- he's still thinking about her, even 10 years later. <3 </3 <3 And the little talk Favaro had with Nina was great. :thumb: Hopefully she'll think over what he said. (EDIT after watching the next ep.: ...And nope, all that wisdom of Favaro's was very unfortunately wasted, because she clearly didn't think about it at all. :shady: :shake: :bootout: ) And Azazel's emotions-- and the scene between him and Mugaro... so sweet. <3 :hug: Ep. 19 was really annoying again though, with the seen-coming-from-about-100-miles-away 'dumping' + Nina protecting Charioce even still (seriously, girl? The dude has committed *ACTUAL ATROCITIES,* and he sure isn't going to stop now. Couldn't she have just settled for Favaro taking Charioce's arm off? Or even taking it herself if she was that worried? Really not that hard of a decision, TBH... :eyeroll: )-- but at least Favaro knew what was most likely coming there, which (combined with that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: punch :thumb: ) kept it from being *completely* intolerable, LOL (...well, that and the fact that apparently even the nobles hate Charioce because they all just stood around and watched with metaphorical popcorn in hand as he was almost killed, LOL :grin: ). :P ...In all seriousness, I wouldn't have a problem with how this whole plotline is going down if there was actually some consistency in Charioce's characterization-- in other words, SPOILER: Highlight text to read: if he really did do all that on purpose just to use her, or if he's a true psychopath. Unfortunately, however, that's not what the writers seem to be implying-- instead, it seems like they're *attempting* to somehow play all this off as him just being an antihero or whatever (for a supposed reason/cause that *still* hasn't been explained; but TBH I don't even really expect one at this point, no less for it to be anywhere near a logical and sufficient reason when they finally do 'reveal' it, if ever :eyeroll: ), complete with the obvious 'push the other character away by hurting them even though you don't actually mean it' cliché (which doesn't even make any sense here). There's just no possible way I'm gonna buy any 'redemption' of his character at this point, no matter how hard they try to sell it; so when it's obvious that's what they're trying to do, it gets real irritating real fast. :shady: And as for ep. 20: Welp, that was actually a really good fight, if short (I especially liked the teamwork between Favaro + Kaisar and Azazel + Sofiel {though unwillingly done by those latter two, despite being a surprisingly good match-up :grin: }), but most of the rest felt a bit like filler except for some of the stuff with Mugaro (that line of Bacchus' about Mugaro being a gift rather than a pawn in a plan was beautiful :sniffle: <3 , more sweetness with him and Azazel, and even showing that some of Nina's cheerfulness might have always been a façade {though that's a bit too little too late, there}). That said, the after-credits scene was... well, in a way it was predictable, yet... something about the culmination of that whole thread felt off. :eyebrow: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: I mean, yeah, Alessand has pretty much always been annoying :eyeroll: , and the whole betrayal thing was already set up with him trying to join the Onyx guys before; but IDK, it just felt like there wasn't enough real buildup to it or something. :eyebrow: It's hard to describe. :sweat: (Also, if any of the characters {other than perhaps Sofiel, I suppose} blames Azazel in any way for that incident, I will rant even harder about inconsistent characterization, because SPOILER: Highlight text to read: even Jeanne apparently understands how much Azazel and Mugaro care about each other. :?: )

...Ah well, at least all the snarky reviews and comments that the show's unfortunate, slow derailment has spawned have been amusing...? :sweat:
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:23 am

Rage Of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep.'s 21-23:

WHAT. THE. GENUINE. HECK????? :eyebrow: :forehead: :shake: :bootout: :comp: I mean, this had obviously been slowly turning into a complete trainwreck for a number of episodes now, but unfortunately it has somehow turned out even worse than projected. :shady:

...Okay, first things first, ep. 21: Gotta admit, I wasn't expecting Mugaro to SPOILER: Highlight text to read: apparently be *truly* dead here (though I do still have a sneaking suspicion that it may yet be reversed, because, y'know, imagery and all that. Plus, they didn't bury him...). :pikka: On the good side, that opening sequence was very effective, and no one even considered blaming SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Azazel, even before Favaro mentioned who he saw running away from the scene. :thumb: On the bad side, though... uh, literally everything else? :P (For example: If it was that simple to SPOILER: Highlight text to read: reinstate Jeanne's powers, why the heck hadn't they done so sooner? :eyebrow: And that's just one of many eyeroll-inducing elements here.)

And then came the episodes that truly evoked that opening exclamation of disbelief-- 22-23: First things first, wow, Nina's character writing really sucks. :shady: Even with all that motivation, plus obviously having the king completely at her mercy, she not only couldn't finish him off, she *still* couldn't even just merely take his *arm*! (And keeps on forgiving him later on, too. What the heck, girl?? I mean, I'm all for forgiveness, but this is beyond the point of genuine mental problems now. If the writers were going for the sort of supremely unhealthy, defensive and enabling mental issues that cause some criminals' partners to stick with them against all reason in RL, they sure nailed the dynamic :eyeroll: ; however, the problem is that they seem to be trying to frame it differently than that, and that just flies in the face of all logic.) And Favaro's dialogue there made no sense, either (since the king actually *DID* order that stuff {whether he 'meant it' or not :eyeroll: }, and had obviously *already* 'picked a fight with the gods' multiple times {plus, y'know... actual genocide??? :eyebrow: }). Second things second, in what flaming universe does it make *any* sense-- in terms of either his already-established characterization or even just simple logic-- for SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Kaisar to not only defend the king verbally at this point, but also to go so far as to actually sacrifice his very life to save him??!!! :eyebrow: :bang: :hits_self I mean, sure, fine, Kaisar probably just saved them from Bahamut or whatever (despite that actually being the king's fault in the first place :eyeroll: ), but the problem is that Kaisar actually didn't even know that Bahamut had been released at the time that he did it, which just means it makes even *less* sense! :comp: I seriously cannot even, here. :forehead: And third things third, the 'explanation' for the king's plan was completely bogus (which I sadly expected, but it was actually even worse than I thought it would be). Obviously it was always going to have something to do with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Bahamut returning (since its name is right in the title of the show, after all); but the way the king went about everything he did for this supposed cause was utterly illogical (and that's putting it mildly). There was literally no freaking reason for him to have committed *any* of the atrocities that he did (aside from being a psychopath, of course; but if he is, then he's a very poorly-written one {actually he's just plain poorly-written anyway, but I digress...}), since none of that had anything to do with SPOILER: Highlight text to read: getting rid of Bahamut whatsoever!! (Even supposedly getting the 'forbidden technology' by murdering the gods made no sense, since the king and his Onyx Knights were actually somehow already *USING* said tech to do so in that old flashback. Paradox much? ...And then there's the whole thing with the demons, which was just plain brutality for brutality's sake {and don't even get me started again on the schizo way *that* whole thing was portrayed}. And worst of all is that all of that stuff just made SPOILER: Highlight text to read: defeating Bahamut for good-- the supposed goal-- even less likely, since SPOILER: Highlight text to read: all three races had to work together to even just seal it last time, no less kill it outright!) Plus, the king even basically admitted that it was just SPOILER: Highlight text to read: revenge for his mother! :hits_self And yet, the way this is framed, it's obvious that for some bizarre reason the writers were actually trying to make the audience have *sympathy* for this guy, *and* also buy that this somehow made up for everything else (...Newsflash: It doesn't! Not in a million years!)-- an idea which would be hilarious due to its sheer idiocy if it wasn't so downright baffling (and infuriating). This whole plotline is so ridiculously, facepalmingly stupid that I'm having a hard time even mustering up the willpower to explain in detail just how stupid it is. :bang: (And that's not even all of it! :shady: ) Literally the only possible silver lining there could be to this crap would be the *slight* possibility that SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Rita will reanimate Kaisar as a fellow sentient zombie and then they can finally be a couple; however, given the way the writers of this second season have 'handled' things so far, I wouldn't be surprised if they just SPOILER: Highlight text to read: leave him pointlessly dead. :eyeroll: :forehead: :bootout:

.........I need to go rewatch the actually-excellent Genesis now to cleanse my mind of this awful 'sequel.' (And it's not even over yet, OTL... :?: )
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Re: What anime are you watching?

Postby MangaRocks! » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:40 am

Rage Of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ep. 24 (end {finally :eyeroll: }):
.........Welp, so in the end, *IT WAS LITERALLY ALL FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!* :mutter: :shake: :forehead: :hits_self :comp:

SPOILER: Highlight text to read: Mugaro/El remained anticlimactically dead despite seemingly being set up for much more; Jeanne and Azazel's plotlines (and characters) just fade into obscurity for some reason, with no resolution; Kaisar's reanimation as a zombie isn't even satisfying because he still looks quite blank, so it's very unclear whether or not he's even truly conscious or if he's just another one of the mindless corpses controlled by Rita (!); and aside from the (honestly very minor) loss of voice and sight, respectively, Nina (wbo by her own words chose the king over her own family, 'friends,' and the entire world) and the (inexplicably STILL-INSTATED) king get off scot-free (and apparently continue their unhealthy yet bizarrely 'romanticized' 'relationship,' too, of course :eyeroll: ), with the people even hailing as a 'hero' the dude they originally (and rightfully) despised! (And the gods and demons just roll with it and forgive the humans, too {at least enough to work with them amicably}? No way that would ever happen so soon {if at all}!) And then, just to add the worst possible insult to the (already-mortal) injury, THE FREAKING CANNON DIDN'T EVEN DO THE ONE THING THEY WERE 'SUPPOSEDLY' TRYING TO DO WITH IT-- BAHAMUT *ISN'T* DEAD!!!!! So (along with all the other awful writing!) not only did that still never explain any the horrific stuff the king had done in the first place, it was also all literally pointless!!! ...But, uh, all hail the pointlessly-genocidal psychopathic schizo dictator king, I guess?? These posts explain the awfulness even better (minor language warning).

I seriously cannot even. What a complete waste of a show (and my time!). :bootout:

...TL;DR: Forget this ever existed and just watch the first season ("Genesis," which was written by someone else and was actually great), please. :?:
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